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Welcome to Mbuluzi

Welcome to Mbuluzi.co.za my personal blog and a place where I can vent! My name is Nuwan Mbuluzi and I originally come from Swaziland. I grew up close to the Mbuluzi game reserve with the same name. As such I used to visit there when I was young and I have developed a love for wildlife, especially big game. There is nothing better in this world than spending time in a game reserve with the days driving around looking for animals and the evenings spent in a tented camp with all of my family. I have many fond memories of those years, but, now I love spending time at the Kruger National Park in the holidays as I work in Johannesburg and it only takes a morning to get there.

Another passion of mine is bird watching, Africa is perhaps one of the best place in the world to be if you are an avid bird watcher. There are so many birds to see and even if you spent a lifetime looking it is unlikely you would ever see them all! This is interest was spawned from my Father who spent most of his down time bird watching at Mbuluzi and he always said there was nothing more relaxing than spending time in the reserve in the peace and quiet.

Golf is my sport of choice as I grew up playing at the Royal Swazi Sun which is probably the top course in Swaziland. If you are ever in the country then make sure you squeeze in a round, it has some spectacular scenery and makes for a challenging day out in the fresh air. Recently, I setup a golf simulator at home to help me improve my handicap. If you are struggling with your golf then this has to be the best way to improve it as you can spend time in the evening and over weekends when the weather is not good sorting out your swing!

I hope to get back up to Swaziland in 2014 to relive some of the old memories and I will post some pictures here of my trip which will involve a few days of golf and then a trip to Mbuluzi game reserve for some well deserved rest!

I found this clip on Youtube of a Crocadile eating a Warthog at Mbuluzi reserve, check it out below.

 

 

 

 

Full Circle – Back in Swaziland

I have been all over the place recently and for some reason, as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t bring myself to update over here. I am not generally lazy and I wanted to work a little bit harder on this site but I am struggling to get there.

Over the past year my job has taken me all over South Africa as well as a couple of trips into Europe and my first time over to the US. It has been a whirlwind but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I now plant to take a well deserved rest in my home country and for some reason that has given me the inspiration to post an update.

Swaziland is such a beautiful country and I wish I could spend more time here but as much as I love it the career opportunities are few and far between. You really need to have your own business here or you will find it hard to get anywhere. I guess the same can be said for many different African countries – as the global economy starts to struggle it affects 3rd world countries in a slightly deeper way. I am lucky to have my job as there are literally millions around the world that suffer without food and shelter – I see it all the time here in Swaziland.

Visiting my family and spending time in the nature reserves was my plan all along and I am really loving every minute of it but I also miss the hustle and bustle of the big cities and international travel. There is something so different about the African bush, its quiet and tranquil but also there is something about the first world and city life – I guess I can’t explain it all properly, not yet, anyway!

I will be here for another 2 weeks and then its back into Johannesburg. I plan to get as many game trips in as I can as well as going slightly nuts with my camera. I want to make the most of it as this is often the best time of year for photography in the wild. I will make sure I post some pics (I know, I have said that before) in my next post so anyone reading this can truly see the beauty of Africa.

 

Juicing Daily and Health

It has been a while since I found some spare time to post and update – I honestly have been trying for quite some time but for some reason I always seem to find something more important that takes up my time. For that, I am sorry and I will try to ensure things change over 2015.

Christmas was a special time for me as I returned home to Swazi for 3 weeks. This gave me time to unwind from the Johannesburg chaos and also visit with some of my family that I have neglected for a few months. It takes a different mindset to be away from the buzz and fast pace of JHB but the rest always does the soul lots of good! I also miss 3g at a decent speed, but, what can you do :-)

I made a decision (or a new years resolution) to try and make some meaningful improvements to my health over 2015. I know we have all heard this many times before but you have to start somewhere. To begin with, I have joined the local virgin active gym and I really hope I can stick with it. I also bought myself a Breville decent juicing machine so I can muster up some health breakfast each and every day. The idea is to juice up everything from fruits through to vegetables ensuring healthy intake first thing instead of the usual toast and eggs etc. There are plenty of decent juicing machines on the market and you check out the best machines for juicing right here.

I also bought myself a nice high quality treadmill (which cost me a fortune) so when I don’t feel like going out to the gym I can at least get a little bit of a workout from home. I think this is important as there are times when you don’t have the energy to hit the gym and even if you get sick you might find it hard to get back into the exercise routine.

I will keep you guys posted as to my progress – I have started weighing in at 107kg and my ideal weight is somewhere in the low 80’s so I have a long way to go and a lot of work to put in. I think I am of the right mindset though and I should be able to stick to my goals if I can stay on target and avoid any temptations. I think the key to success is sticking with it as even a few days break can ruin the whole plan.

I will try and update in the next 3 weeks and let’s see how I go – wish me luck!

Cape Wine Trip

I have just returned from the Cape where I took a little holiday to enjoy some of the wine farms in that region. Cape Town is probably one of the top destinations in Africa for foreign visitors so it is important to choose the right time of year to visit so that you don’t end up paying an arm and a leg! The Cape is well known for its high quality wines and with the perfect weather (for most of the year) it is hard to beat. There is nothing like sitting in the beautiful surroundings and trying out some high quality chilled wines with a nice cheese selection!

I have a friend who lives in the Stellenbosch area – we have known each other for years – and this makes life a little easier (and cheaper!) when compared to paying out for guest houses. There are plenty in the area and if you are paying with foreign currency then it will be fairly cheap but for us locals we have to consider these things :-)

Although I visited quite a few different venues while I was there I must say my trip to Spier really stood out in my mind. The whole place is big with plenty to do and see. They also have a restaurant called Moyos there which makes one of the most awesome curries – something you just have to try if you get a chance to visit. I have actually been to this one in a previous visit some years back, at that time they have a cheetah sanctuary where they took care of injured cats from some of the game parks – that has been moved now which is a shame as it was great for small children to visit. Of course, the wine is fantastic and comes highly recommended – it will also look great in my New Air wine fridge at home to share with my girlfriend.

One of the other most notable wine farms I managed to visit was Verkelken. This still has much of the original buildings and farm lands that have been there for years. It really does give you a sense of the past and they also have a really pretty woodland where you can choose to sit and have a picnic. Obviously, you can enjoy the wines as well and it makes for a wonderful day out.

The amount of different properties you can choose to visit is almost never ending and once you get your car onto the main wine route you will be spoiled for choice. There simply is not enough time to visit them all so it is best to plan out your route before you go to make sure you get to visit the farms at the top of your list.

 

Computer Gaming – A New Hobby!

It has been quite some time since I made the effort to post something on the site. The last few months have been very busy with work an hobbies and I am almost surprised that it is nearly the end of August – that means the year is slowly coming to a close! Apart from lots of Golf I have developed a new hobby, online computer gaming, thanks to my nephew who got me started with Minecraft. After spending quite a bit of time messing around with this particular game I have upgraded to play Warcraft and I think I am now hooked :-)

I have been playing so much I have had little time for much of anything else and it does have a negative in lack of sleep – as the saying goes “time flies when you are having fun” and I often end up in bed much too late. I have also invested in some new furniture for online gaming specifically to increase my desk size and ensure I can fit my computer and my work.

When it comes to PC hardware I have spent quite a bit so far and I do feel a little bit guilty as I have probably slightly overdone it! There are so many choices when it comes to cool gaming hardware that it becomes easy to keep buying stuff. Powerful computer specs, combined with decent graphics capabilities make the perfect environment for successful gaming. This, of course, does not include my 32″ HD screen and my new computer gaming desk!

If you are thinking of having a go and getting started then make sure you have the time and the capital to sustain your new habit or you will find yourself in trouble rather quickly. I think playing computer games over the internet has become so popular these days as you can partake in an unlimited amount of games against different opponents. This makes it both fun and challenging.

I don’t really have much else to report, I do plan on getting back home to Swaziland at some point to visit with the family and take a small break. I think it will do me some good to get out in the fresh air and spend some with nature. All this time indoors staring at computer screens (for both work and my new found hobby) are not doing my health (or fitness levels) any good at all! I may even have to look getting onto a small diet soon to reduce some of the weight I have picked up. Getting out of the city is very important in keeping yourself healthy and free from depression! I will update soon with new on my planned break and what I will be up to.

 

 

Spending Some Time in Durban

It has been ages since I posted an update so while I am on Holiday over the Easter period I thought it would make sense. I have spent time in Durban before and it is always a good place to have some fun. One of the reasons it appeals to me is the almost perfect weather right throughout the year, visiting in Jan or Feb can be a bit hot if you are not used to the humidity!

I have been staying with an old friend of mine Gordon De Beer, he is an attorney and if you need any legal help then you can visit his website here to find out more. Gordon has been around for many years and comes highly recommended!

One of the best things to do in Durban is to spend time at the beach. During the world cup in 2010 the entire area was revamped and you can walk from Ushaka marine world right through to the Umgeni bird park. A return trip is almost 20km so it is a great workout! If you are not into walking or running then take your bicycle down, it is a fabulous ride.

BeachfrontThere are a couple of decent shopping centers in the area and I plan to head on down to Gateway in Umhlanaga later in the week. This is by far the biggest and you will find all the major shops there. The place is filled with restaurants making it very simple to choose any type of food you fancy. If you ever make it down to this part of the world then you simply must make the time to visit. If you have kids then you can always watch a movie or take them on the go karts (behind the movies).

I also plan to spend a day at the Dam. I have an old work colleague who spends most of his weekends boating. With a bunch of skis and tubes and a good old fashioned braai it should be a good day out. Last time I went out with them I needed a day to recover, its amazing how many unused muscles you find after a day out skiing!

I will heading back to JHB on Tuesday, this weekend also features a public holiday so it makes sense to stay down here while I have the chance.

My Home – Swaziland

Growing up in Swaziland was challenging in some ways as the country is not that developed. When compared to South Africa it was a long way behind which made it tough to develop a mindset of a first world country. Communications were always a problem and in some regions almost non existent. Things are slowly changing for the better now and these issues are being addressed but it still remains an ongoing problem to solve.

As I mentioned previously this resulted in a childhood full of adventure as we really lived an outdoor based lifestyle. We spent much of our time in the wild looking for birds and different species of game and that passion has stayed with me through my adult life. To me, there is nothing better than a week in a game reserve!

Career wise I am in IT and spend my time working on marketing online for companies that are looking for a little bit more exposure. There are so many opportunities for small companies to grow outside the bounds of Africa if they focus enough on the right methods. It really is incredible how things have changed and if I look back to my childhood in Swaziland it really is amazing to see how far I have come. Things I take for granted on a daily basis are things I would never have dreamed of 15 years ago. I can only see this growing over time with more and more African companies succeeding online.

If you have stumbled upon this page by accident then I encourage to learn more about my home country on Wikipedia. If you have never been there before the I urge you to take a trip, one of the best ideas is to visit Swaziland and tie it in with a visit to Mbuluzi and even the Kruger National Park. Make sure you squeeze in some golf as well as there are some amazing golf courses in Swaziland and close to the border in South Africa.

Hopefully, my friends and family (for which this website has been setup) will enjoy following and I encourage them to comment and let me know how they are doing!